Delta Air Lines on Friday announced it will offer free flights to eligible medical volunteers traveling to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan to bolster the fight against coronavirus
“We are witnessing the heroic efforts of our medical professionals around the world as they combat COVID-19, and we have deep gratitude for their selfless sacrifice,” Bill Lentsch, Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, said in a statement. “Air travel plays a significant role in making connections in both good and challenging times, and our hope is that offering free travel gives more of these professionals the ability to help in critical areas of the U.S.”
The Atlanta-based carrier said it will also consider expanding the program to California, Washington and New York, which is now the epicenter of the virus.
“Delta is a great member of the Georgia corporate family and their willingness to go above and beyond to assist medical professionals in this difficult time should be applauded,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “We look forward to working with Delta and all Georgia businesses in coordination with the Coronavirus Task Force to take the COVID-19.”
“Right now, we need as many medical professionals as we can get in Louisiana, and this generous support from Delta will help these heroes get here to care for our people as we fight COVID-19 in New Orleans and elsewhere in our state,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “I thank Delta for stepping up and for being a good corporate partner to help Louisiana during this trying time.”
Medical volunteers interested in this program should contact the state offices below to determine their eligibility based on each state’s specific needs. Eligibility and volunteer program details are being managed by the states and will be communicated to participants once approved by the states.
Once eligible candidates are identified, Delta will work with the state and local government offices to make flight reservations. The flights will be offered during the month of April to start and can be booked up to three days in advance of travel.
In Georgia: Interested individuals can learn more by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Louisiana: Contact the Louisiana Hospital Association at LHA-HealthPro@lhaonline.org.
In Michigan: Volunteers can visit Michigan.gov for more information.
“Our health care professionals are on the front lines every day helping people fight COVID-19, and they deserve all of our support during this crisis,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Delta’s action will help our hospitals and health care providers address the influx of COVID-19 patients and help us all bend the curve and slow the spread of this virus. Additionally, I will continue to work to ensure more medical supplies and personal protective equipment reaches our health care professionals so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.”
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American Airlines Increasing Domestic Service for the Summer
Like the rest of the United States, American Airlines is ready for the summer.
As the demand for air travel slowly rises, American is bringing back suspended routes, offering double AAdvantage miles, reopening Admirals Club lounges and offering enhanced cleaning protocols.
American is planning to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July as compared to the same period last year, totaling around 40 percent of the airline’s systemwide capacity compared to July 2019.
Demand has started to rebound, as the carrier reported it flew a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day in May, which is an increase of 71 percent over the approximately 32,000 passengers it transported daily in April.
“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”
Starting on June 22, American will begin reopening Admirals Club lounges around the country with pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar for customers to enjoy complimentary beverages.
As for the airline’s commitment to health and safety guidelines, American will utilize enhanced cleaning measures, enforce social distancing protocols and provide limited food and beverage offerings.
The carrier is also allowing customers to book with confidence, as American announced it would waive change fees for customers purchasing tickets by June 30. Travelers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this offer, but must pay any fare difference.
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